Featured above is Bear (ATB). His favorite things were belly rubs and rawhide strips.


our values

Minnesota Basset Rescue is an all-volunteer group of Basset Hound lovers whose goal is to rescue bassets and find them a furever home.

about us

Minnesota Basset Rescue (MNBR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dog rescue based in Minnesota. Founded in July of 2017, MNBR rehomes dogs from owners who can no longer provide their care and rescues dogs from local pounds and shelters. As an all-volunteer, foster-based rescue we welcome anyone who loves dogs and wishes to help bassets and basset mixes live a healthy and happy life. Our organization provides safe, loving foster home, proper veterinary care, and daily necessities while working hard to find them a permanent, loving home! Please explore our website or contact us to learn more information about Minnesota Basset Rescue.

Saving the life of one animal won’t change the world, but the world will certainly change for that one animal.”
— unknown author

Meet those involved with Minnesota Basset Rescue!

Board of Directors

  • Jenell Sawatzke, President

  • Stephanie Goetz, Vice President

  • Alexandra Bertz, Treasurer

  • Dianne McDonald, Secretary

  • Heather Ellis, Director

  • Patty Sinn, Director

  • Lisa Turnquist, Director

  • Christine Walsh, Director

  • Jenn Westad, Director


  • Lisa Turnquist, Foster Home Coordinator

  • Jenell Sawatzke, Adoption Coordinator

  • Jenn Westad, Social Media and Website Coordinator

  • Patty Sinn, Volunteer Coordinator

  • Christine Walsh, Events Coordinator